Books & Bloggers Swap

Hi everyone! This week I was watching booktube videos when I saw Elena from Elena Reads Books talk about Books & Bloggers Swap. It looked so interesting that I decided to take part too! If you want to participate on it too, be quick because the sign-ups close tomorrow! Here’s a link to the post where you can find more info of the swap!

 

Here’s little bit more info about the swap:

 

Your Swap Objective: 
Get to know your fellow book-loving partner and send them a fantastic bookish package.
Your package must include: 
A book from your partner’s wishlist.
A book you have read and loved.
A book you haven’t read, but think looks interesting. (Can also be on their wishlist.)
*Optional* Other book-related goodies.
 
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#BoutofBooksUpdate

I decided to do a quick update here to tell you guys how my Bout of Books has gone so far. I’ve actually read lot more than I thought I would, right now I have finished 2 books, 3 graphic novels and 3 mangas. Before Bout of Books I’ve been in sort of an reading slump or not in mood to read at all. That’s also the one of the biggest reasons it has been so quiet here because I didn’t know what to post.

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As Bout of Books started I also found my inspiration to read. It also helped that I had been listening to Felicia Day’s new book, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), last week and started reading The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch which is absolute perfection! Also seeing other people enjoying reading and talking with them on twitter made me glad that I finally picked up a book.

So what did I do in the beginning of Bout of Books except read? I participated on twitter chat which was so much fun! I wasn’t going to participate on it first because it was 4 a.m. in my timezone and I like my sleep very much.  Then The Republic of Thieves happened. I finished it at 2 a.m. and decided to stay awake for the twitter chat and boy, I’m glad I did! It was so much fun and the hour went so quickly! I’m so taking part on the chat on Saturday too!

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I also took part on the 1st and 3rd challenges of the week. I enjoyed both of them lot, especially the MASH game yesterday because I hadn’t played it before. The Fictional World Traveling was more of a challenge because I don’t have that many with me where I currently live.

That’s how my first half of Bout of Books has gone. How’s your Bout of Books experience so far? Let’s talk down on the comments!

#FictionalWorldTravel

It’s Bout of Books time! I might update more regularly this week on this blog because of it but if you want to stay up to date with how I am doing in this read-a-thon, you should follow me on twitter.

One of the things that I find fun on the read-a-thons are the challenges that we can participate on. Today’s challenge is from Between Library Shelves and it’s to list 3-6 books that take place on different countries that you reside on. I am currently living in Finland so that was out of bounds. Also most of my books aren’t currently with me so this was a more of a challenge than I thought it was going to be. 😀 Here are the five books that I selected for this challenge:

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1. Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman USA
2. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman London, Great Britain
3. Älä koskaan pyyhi kyyneleitä paljain käsin by Jonas Gardell Stockholm, Sweden
4. Aron Morsiamet 7 by Kaoru Mori Turkic Central Asia
5. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami Japan

I hope your read-a-thon is going well! Did you participate on this challenge? Let’s talk down on the comments!

#weekendreads

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Decided to do a quick blog and show you guys what I’m currently reading. I’m spending the night at my mother’s place and hopefully I can do a lot of reading. ‘3’

What are you currently reading? Let’s talk about books and weekend plans down on the comments!

Bout of Books 14

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

This is just a short update that I will be participating on Bout of Books 14 next week. It actually came as a surprise that it’s again next week, because I haven’t really been up to date with the bookish world over the summer. Still I am glad that I noticed it starting because I had so much fun last time I participated.

As for the goals of this read-a-thon, I don’t have any. The only thing I want to do is to complete the books I am currently reading/listening (The Republic o Thieves by Scott Lynch and You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day. That might happen also over the weekend before the start of Bout of Books, so my ultimate goal is to enjoy myself, maybe talk to new people and read as much (or little) I want over the week.

Are you participating on Bout of Books? What are your goals? Tell me down on the comments!

Summery Feelings

I went to cat cafe Purnauskis with my older sister at the beginning of the summer. Must go soon again!
I went to cat cafe Purnauskis with my older sister at the beginning of the summer. Must go soon again!

It’s weird but I am only now starting to feel that it’s summer in Finland. Mostly because it has been so cold most of the summer and only now warming up are. Some things that have made me feel that it’s summer are:

  • Sun definitely when it has been out
  • Working at the ice cream shop (and eating ice cream :D)
  • Swimming. I have swam only couple times this summer because the waters have been so cold
  • Meeting new people and going to conventions. This has been a big part on my life this summer. I have met so many wonderful and beautiful people this summer! Also I have been experiencing a new side of convention via working on them. It’s been so much fun!
I found TARDIS! Unfortunately the Doctor wasn't there.
I found TARDIS! Unfortunately the Doctor wasn’t there.

Those are some of the things that have made my summer the best thing ever. The other things has included relaxing my reading (really not reading at all still actually) and letting go of my Goodreads goal. This was a big step for me because for a long time I had to complete the goal or I would feel down. Now I decided to just relax and just read as many or as few books as I like. It actually already helped because I started rereading The Timetraveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. It’s so good book!

I also might be participating on Bout of Books in couple weeks time! I have to see how I am feeling about reading then and if I participate I might not set any goals for myself.

Let me know on the comments how’s your summer been and also if you are going to participate on Bout of Books! See you next time!

It’s been a long while!

Hi everyone!

It’s been a long time since I have written here. I don’t know what to say, time just flew past me and here we are now. Also I haven’t been reading that much lately, I think I have only read about two or three books this past two or three months. It hasn’t really bothered me though after the first week of stress that I had from not posting here. 😀 I realized that it isn’t fun, reading just so that I can post something on this blog.

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These were really good fish and chips I ate at this market!

That got me thinking about this blog and what I want to do with it. I actually thought that maybe I should just stop writing here, but then moment a go, I realized that this is my blog and I can do anything I want with it. So I decided to change a few things here. I’ll be posting sometimes about books that I read or want to read, or reading in general, but I also want to share my other life here. Because it’s not only been reading books especially lately.

Also I don’t want to stress out with writing this blog so I decided to not have a regular post schedule. I post when I feel like it, when I have something that I feel like saying. It may be just pictures of my day, or a long post of me rambling about my life, or a book review. You never know. 😉 This might lose some of you my lovely readers out there but I don’t do this because I want to have zillion readers that I can then brag about. I do this because I want to express myself and maybe connect with the other people out there.

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I’m going here next weekend! :3

P.S. It’s spring here! How did that happen? It still some times snow but it doesn’t stick to the ground so that means it’s spring, yeah? 😉

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

what happened to goodbyeWhat Happened to Goodbye
Sarah Dessen
Published 2013 by Speak
4.5 stars

Goodreads synopsis: A new day. A new place. A new life.

In the past few years, Mclean has pretended to be so many different people that she hardly remembers who she really is anymore.

The adorable guy next door might be able to help her figure it out.

But is she ready for it?

When I started reading this book, I didn’t realize I was going to like it that much. I thought it would be a cute, romance story but actually there wasn’t that much of a romance and more of Mclean’s growth story. I loved reading about how she bonded with people from her school. Only thing I really couldn’t understand was Mclean’s name. Mclean Sweet, really? .D

I could relate well with Mclean and how she felt after the divorce. My own parents also divorced right before I started in senior high school and I thought for a while about changing my personality for a little while.

Because of the romance was only a small part of the book, there wasn’t that much about the love interest, Dave. I liked him but I could have read more about them too because now it just felt a bit sudden when they started dating. Overall this book was really cute and fast to read.

The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett

the colour of magicThe Colour of Magic
By Terry Pratchett
Published 1985 by Corgi Books
4 stars

Goodreads synopsis: On a world supported on the back of a giant turtle (sex unknown), a gleeful, explosive, wickedly eccentric expedition sets out. There’s an avaricious buy inept wizard, a NAIVE tourist whose luggage moves on hundreds of dear little legs, dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course THE EDGE of the planet..

I don’t know why I haven’t picked up this series before. I have heard only fantastic things about it, most of the books are in my local library and are short and fun reads. Still I hadn’t picked them up before this year. I’m glad I finally decided to read this because it’s everything it promises.

I loved the world building, it was so bizarre and interesting. There was a lot of it but it never really bothered me because the story was so well written. I was surprised a little bit that the book was more like an collection of short stories than a one, whole story. That didn’t bother me for long and I really enjoyed reading these different stories of Twoflower’s and Rincewind’s adventures.

Week in Review | Start of #RYBSAT

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Hi everyone! This week I actually didn’t do as much reading as last week, mostly because I kept watching Friends (I’m watching the 5th season atm). I don’t feel that bad about not reading more because I read lot last week on Bout of Book Read-A-Long and last Friday RYBSAT or Read Your Book Shelves-A-Thon so I needed a short break from reading between them.

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness | The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness | Just One Year by Gayle Forman | Where She Went by Gayle Forman | The Archived by Victoria Schwab | Amulett: Stenväktaren by Kazu Kibushi |

I got some great library books this week. I still have over 20 books from library and some times I feel like I wont ever finish reading them but all of them seem so awesome that I can’t just return them back without reading them. I have already read Amulett by Kazu Kibushi and liked it a lot. If you are wondering why there’s second T at the end of Amulett, it’s because it’s in Swedish. I had a little bit hard time reading it because of it but I still want to continue reading it because the art style was beautiful and this could be a good way for me to practice my Swedish.

Other books I finished this week were The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks and Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. I liked both of these a lot, they were action packed and  had great characters and the plots! I’ll be talking more on both of those on their own reviews but I’m really waiting to read the continuation for both of these books.

Are you taking part on #RYBSAT? What books did you read this week? Let’s chat on the comments!